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    Tips for transferring sensitive information




    BEST PRACTICES

    Tips for transferring sensitive information


    By Susan Bradley

    Common sense prevents us from leaving our wallets or purses out where anyone could pilfer them, yet we're not so careful when sending sensitive information by e-mail or other digital methods.

    Keeping your important personal data and documents secure when they're on the move requires a few extra — but necessary — steps if you want to protect your finances.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2011/04/14/07 (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    It's mentioned that you need to get the "paid version" of PDFCreator to encrypt files. Are we talking about the same program? It is free - it's open source ... I set my preferences to encrypt the files, so I am automatically given the option to set a password for the PDF as soon as I hit print to PDFCreator as I work with medical records. I just hit cancel instead of setting the password if I don't need to encrypt the document. It's the best open source PDF utility available, IMO.
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    Hushmail encrypts attachments and messages automatically for subscribers

    Hushmail automatically encrypts messages and attachments between subscribers. It's not pretty but it seems to work. Similarly, Skype Chat/IM automatically encrypts files and the text chat itself.
    Last edited by Deadeye81; 2011-04-15 at 16:12.

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    As you have shown it is not really hard to encrypt email or the attachment. The hard part is getting people to use the systems. How do you do that? All I get is push back. "It's too hard", "I can never remember my password", "It's too many extra steps", etc. How do you convince the two major groups, the Company Officers and the Clients? If they aren't willing to do it then no matter how easy the solution, it won't be used.

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    That's why I've found the paid version of sharefile.com to be the easiest with bosses and clients. It's protected/ecrypted in transit. Otherwise yes, you do get the 'it's too hard'. It has a hook right into Outlook if you want that.

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    I may have written pdfcreator but was thinking cutepdf. Sorry about that.

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    PDF(nospace)Creator <> PDF Creator

    Quote Originally Posted by Deirdre View Post
    It's mentioned that you need to get the "paid version" of PDFCreator to encrypt files. Are we talking about the same program? It is free - it's open source ... I set my preferences to encrypt the files, so I am automatically given the option to set a password for the PDF as soon as I hit print to PDFCreator as I work with medical records. I just hit cancel instead of setting the password if I don't need to encrypt the document. It's the best open source PDF utility available, IMO.
    She's definitely talking about Foxit's PDF Creator, different product.

    PDFCreator (no space) has tons of options and can generate all kinds of different formatted outputs, uses different levels of encryption, password or no passwords, can combine multiple docs into a single PDF, and just works like a charm. If you haven't been into the 'options' section in a while, it's worth a look

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